At some point in their lives, the majority of people have probably come across word search puzzles. Basically these puzzles are a grid of letters containing various words placed in all types of directions (from left to right, from right to left, up and down the page, and in each of the various diagonal directions). Additionally, the words can overlap too, and any unused squares in the grid are filled with a randomly chosen letter.
Children's interest in these type of puzzles can be a good thing as solving a word search puzzle might help a child in a number of areas. To solve the puzzle, a child must pay close and careful attention to the task _ a child will soon learn that concentration and persistence pays off! Most word search puzzles are accompanied by a list of words to search for. Children may encounter new words through these puzzles, and thus expand their vocabulary. In order to find words with the puzzle grid, a child must pay close attention to the exact spelling of each of the words.